by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Today is my brother-in-law, Chief’s, birthday, and for the past who-knows-how-many-years I’ve given him the same gift — one of those small square calendars that sit on your desk where you pull each page off to get to the next day.
Over the years I’ve wondered if I should keep getting him the same thing or if I should mix it up, and get something else.
Was he getting tired of the calendars?
Did he wish I’d get a little more creative in my gift giving?
Well, two years ago when I broke my hip the Saturday after Thanksgiving, I got my answer.
Because I had limited mobility and limited time to purchase Christmas gifts and mail them that year, unless I’d already bought their gift before Thanksgiving most everyone received gift cards. When I let Sissy know about the gift situation and she let Chief know, he asked if that meant he wouldn’t be getting his calendar. Aahh.
It almost killed me, and I’m not exaggerating here, to get my walker through the Barnes and Noble to pick out just the right calendar for my brother-in-law, but by gum, that’s exactly what I did.
Pilot volunteered to pick up a calendar to save me the exertion.
I told Pilot he would drive me to the store, drop me at the curb where I’d wait for him to assist me inside, stand with me in line, and pay for Chief’s present, but I was the one who would pick it out.
After I wrapped the calendar, Pilot got it to the post office in time for it to arrive before Chief’s birthday.
Two days ago we celebrated the birthday of our Savior and King. I have always found it interesting it was Jesus’ birthday, but we’re the ones who received the gift. While I may have thought the effort needed to purchase my brother-in-law’s gift would kill me, the gift Christ gives us did kill him. Literally.
We received the gift of salvation when Christ died on the cross of Calvary. No greater gift.
Just as Chief looks forward to the calendars I send him for his birthday, and tears off the pages day by day, as we turn the page to a new day every morning let’s thank Jesus for the magnificent gift he gives us.
Do you have a gift you look forward to receiving each year?
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The greatest love a person can show is to die for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. John 15:13-14 (NCV)
I wish you well.
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